A TIMES REPORT
ILLEGALITIES DOGGING AECS LAYOUT SINGASANDRA and KUDLU VILLAGES, BEGUR HOBLI, BANGALORE SOUTH THALUK
BENGALURU: The alleged forgery of official signatures to sell illegally eight sites in a layout in east Bengaluru has got bigger. Police are now looking into a complaint that the fraudulent practices involved the sale of 80 more sites in another nearby layout.
The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) had lodged a complaint against Aircraft Employees Co-operative Society (AECS) for allegedly forging signatures of its officials to sell eight sites illegally.
Based on RTI revelations, TOI had broken the story of forgery in December 2013 at a time when BDA was conducting an inquiry. The authority, which is now convinced of the fraud, has filed a complaint with the Parappana Agrahara police seeking legal action against AECS. A copy of the FIR, which quotes the TOI report, has been accessed.
Even as this case of forgery by AECS is being investigated by the Parappana Agrahara police, another complaint with the Electronic City police has made allegations that the same society has forged signatures of a former Gram Panchayat (GM) president to include 80 illegal sites in a layout that was approved for 400 sites in 2003.
Ananda, the complainant, has alleged that officials of the society forged the signatures of his wife Rupa, who was the GM president in Chikkabeguru. According to the complaint, the plan for the layout was approved by Rupa in 2003. “The approval was granted for 400 sites. It has now come to light that there are 480 sites and 80 sites were added by forging my wife’s signature,” the complaint says.
The khata for these sites were granted by the BBMP in 2013, but activists fighting against the illegalities by such societies point out that even the initial approval granted by Rupa is illegal as the GM is not the competent body to grant such approvals.
“All these sites are in violation of the ‘BDA site allotment rules’. The BDA is the authority to approve layouts in the area, but the society has formed the layout without BDA’s approval and a lot of these sites have already been resold,” a source pointed out.
In the case that the BDA has filed in Parappana Agrahara, the society had not only forged signatures of BDA officials but also affixed the official seal. However, the BDA is yet to write to the co-operation department seeking initiation of action against the society, or to the BBMP seeking cancellation of khatas.
Further, it must also be noted that over 21 Survey Numbers and approximately 45 Acres to 50 Acres or around 700 sites were under litigation and the suits are under various stages in High Court of karnataka and In The Supreme Court of India.
Many suits might have reached its finality but many are in the appellate stage and many are still inconclusive.